33° 49′ 33.492” S (- 33.825970) – 151° 15′ 47.9808” E (151.263328)
Cobblers Beach is located on Sydney Harbour’s Middle Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park. It’s a north facing cove, bathed with sunshine from mid-morning until sunset, with a bushland setting behind. It’s often hard to believe that you are only 10kms from the centre of Australia’s largest city. This beach could arguably be considered the premier nudist beach of Sydney. The beach hosts the annual Sydney Skinny swim in March, and is generally used by couples especially on weekends.
Cobblers Beach is not difficult to get to by public transport – Daily (7 days) hourly bus service Route 244 from Stand A Carrington St, Wynyard (City). It is a 25 minute ride. Alight at HMAS Penguin Naval Base. Five minute walk to either Cobblers Beach on the left or Obelisk Beach to the right. There are a few smartphone apps available for public transport for Sydney.
Walk past the Naval base and either:
– Cross the oval and near the large light post is a track – commonly known as the ‘goat track’ with the locals (for good reason) which will take you on a short trail under the canopy of the trees. You will come out at just above the beach on a clearing, make your way the short distance to the beach; (Follow the Red line) or
– Continue down the road past the oval and the car parking area. Before the boom gate at the end which is the entrance to the forts on Middle head (well worth a visit if only for the view of the entrance to Sydney Harbour alone) veer towards the left and follow the track down the beach. On a busy day you are probably unlikely to be alone. (Follow the blue line)
If you’re driving you can park in one of the car parks in the area and use either of the 2 walks onto the beach. If you do drive, ensure that you pay for your parking as the Parking Inspectors take their job very seriously and are uncompromising, so it can be an expensive beach day. Free parking is available about 500 meters back up the hill in the vicinity of the Artist village. The walk will delay your arrival on the beach by about 10 minutes, but you need to be mindful of the walk back up the hill in the afternoon. It will save you $12.50 on weekends for a day’s parking.